(From the publisher):
These twelve extraordinary stories are set in contemporary Europe and recount the peculiar and amazing experiences that befall Latin Americans visiting or living abroad. An ailing Caribbean ex-President is befriended in Geneva by an ambitious ambulance driver and his headstrong wife. Margarito Duarte comes to Rome from the Colombian Andes with a box the shape and size of a cello case in order to show the Pope its contents. A woman who wears a snake ring with emerald eyes and is known only as Frau Frieda to the Latin American students in Vienna makes a living by telling her dreams to wealthy families. A pretty Mexican music hall performer is returning to Barcelona when her car breaks down, and she ends up in an insane asylum. In Tuscany, a vacationing family visits a Renaissance castle now owned by a famous Venezuelan writer and meets up with a phantom. Maria dos Prazeres, once Barcelona's most sought-after lady of the night, has a dream in which death appears, so she begins to plan her own funeral. A widow dressed in the habit of Saint Francis sails to Rome from Argentina to meet the Pope. A beautiful Caribbean boy is driven mad in Spain. A German governess destroys the summer for her wards - and is herself destroyed. Billy Sanchez takes his pregnant wife with a cut on her ring finger to a hospital in Paris - and never sees her again. Once again in this breathtaking collection, Gabriel Garcia Marquez invites us into worlds of majesty and magic, from which we emerge spellbound.
- Prologue: Why Twelve, Why Stories, Why Pilgrims
- Bon Voyage, Mr. President
- The Saint
- Sleeping Beauty and the Airplane
- I Sell My Dreams
- "I Only Came to Use the Phone"
- The Ghosts of August
- Maria dos Prazeres
- Seventeen Poisoned Englishmen
- Miss Forbes's Summer of Happiness
- Light Is Like Water
- The Trail of Your Blood in the Snow
Original title: Doce centos peregrinos
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Literary Fantasy→ Magical Realism
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics
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